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Who drives the cheapest car?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Scutterflux, Sep 4, 2002.

  1. Let's all hear about the cheapest piece of ____ you drive.:D
  2. $2000, commodore VK 1984 Station Wagon.

    Be nice if starts some mornings.. :rolleyes:


  3. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    i have no car. and my motorbike was 2000$
  4. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    One of my cars was free. A 1991 Ford Escort station wagon. It now has 150K miles on it, and my wife drives it :)
  5. I bought my 1969 Buick Electra for $600.

    It lasted me 3 years before I threw a rod in it's 430 cui V8. I wasted quite a few Hondas while driving it. I was racing a 2000 mustang the day I threw a rod... I had beat that too.

    Now I'm dropping a buick stage 1 455cui into it that has performance heads, is wieghted, balanced and blueprinted and bored .30 over. The engine and the stereo system in the car are worth about 4 times what I paid for the car itself.

    It is the baddest "sleeper" that you can imagine. The only thing that gives it away is the glasspak rumble!

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  6. erik II

    erik II

    Jul 11, 2000
    Oslo, Norway
    1987 Mazda 929 station wagon $1300. Cost me almost twice that in repairs the last two years though...:rolleyes: I've had more luck with cheapo cars before.

    Like the Saab 99 I got for $250 some 6-7 years ago. Drove it for a couple of years without any big problems, until it literally fell apart as the front wheel suspension rusted loose :eek:. Just managed to drive it to the wrecker, where I got $750 for it (special campaign that year, to get the old wrecks off the road, usual trade-in price is about $180) :D.
  7. 1968 Chevy C10 Stepside for $500
  8. Kraken


    Jun 19, 2001
    Aylesbury, England
    I got given my VW polo upon passing my driving test last halloween (does that say something about my driving? or maybe the Examiner was playing a Halloween trick??)

    Since then It has accumulated about 20K plus miles!!
  9. Funkster


    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    Right now the car we got my wife is a $850.00 1989 Dodge Shadow, It's a beater but we use it to go back and fourth to work, Great on gas.
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  10. lamarjones

    lamarjones Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    My honda 89 accord lxi

    I bought it as a commuter. I got a durango that I make payments on and haul my bands equipment around in, but I use the honda to get to work. Great on gas, and aside from no a/c :rolleyes: and some minor quirks, it runs like a champ. I think it probably will for a while.

    Anyone want a honda for a real loud bass stack?
  11. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    I think I´m the winner!!!!!!!!

    My car is a Rusian model, LADA 2107, from 1990. No a/c, 110 kmph (62 mph) max speed, every single pice of it makes a funky sound. :D

    At least the engine is in good condition ....

  12. 1989 Ford Tempo GLS that I used to have. $250 - had 189k on it when I got it. Been through HELL.

    My parents own an automotive recycling yard, so they get some usable vehicles every once in a while. I needed a car to drive while I was working on my 85 Ttype (Wanted to take half the car apart and fix fix fix over a year).

    So I bought this red tempo that had been through the worst hail storm I've seen. Had to replace windshield, backglass, both mirrors and RR window (4 door). Well...I didn't think much of it (electric fan had a switch that you had to pop the hood to turn it on...doh). This car.....ugh. It would overheat in the 20 degree weather with SNOW ON THE GROUND lol.

    So basically, this car took the most abuse I will ever put into a vehicle. I had to move once...and packed that car up to where I could still see out the rear and side mirrors....but barely. Did that 3 times and no probs. Went through 2 sets of tires, 5 mirrors, got ran into once (#%@$) 3 iterations of exhaust until we found a good one, battery, alt, waterpump...

    And put anouther 22000 miles on it over a year and a half. Took it autocrossing 6 or so times (Manual tranny, decent power, did good for my class :D ). Poor little car.

    Then I sold it for $750. Ta-Da.
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    How do you double the value of a Lada - fill it up with petrol!! ;)
  14. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    Nice.........!!!!!!!!!:rolleyes: :D
  15. Tsal


    Jan 28, 2000
    Yay, Ladas rock! My dad has a hobby of buying these old cheap cars, he just sold his latest cream-colored Lada 1300a yesterday.

    Anyways, in the army we used to have these russian jeeps called UAZ, the price of one was something like €100(we checked that on item lists). They said the army got hundreds of 'em with the artillery stuff they have bought from Russia, and that they were originally designed to be abandoned after one campaign, or couple thousand miles of driving.
  16. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks! In Memoriam

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    I bought a 95 Chevy Cavalier from work a few years ago. It had 156,000 miles on it. Bought it for $300, sold it for $500 3 years later.

    Chris A.:rolleyes:
  17. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I had a Dodge Omni that I bought for $200 bucks and drove for about two years. It had either a bad head gasket or a warped head (or both), so I had to park it near the garden hose at my house. Every time I wanted to go somewhere, I had to fill the radiator with water and then fill several gallon milk jugs with water before I could leave. Before I left my destination, I had to refill the radiator with the water from the jugs.

    About a week before I took a trip to Chicago, I was working under the hood and forgot to latch it when I was done. The next morning, on my way to work, the hood blew up onto the windshield, so I had to force it back down and strap it to the front bumper with a tie strap.

    I took the car to Chicago (about a 300 mile drive from where I am) -- straps, water jugs and all. I got caught in a traffic jam and was close to overheating several times. It seemed that as long as I kept the air flowing through the engine compartment it was okay, so I put my hazards on and drove on the shoulder of the road for several miles! When I finally got to Chicago, I found the driver's door lock had jammed (and the handle on the passenger side was already broken off), so every time I wanted to get into the car, I had to enter through the hatch.

    After returning home, I made arrangements to have the motor swapped out. Three days later, on my way to the mechanic's, the motor locked up tighter than tight. When I pulled it off the road and got the hood up, smoke and steam was coming out of every crack and crevice in that motor (it was even coming out from around the spark plugs)!

    Yeah, I'd say I milked every last dime of my two hundred bucks out of that baby and sometimes, I miss it.


    *Believe it or not, this is an absolutely true story.
  18. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    Just got a free 91 Cavalier for this year's winterbeater. A friend had it, it blew a couple brake lines and he decided he didnt want to go thru the trouble of fixing it, so he offered it to me for nothing. This is the third free car Ive gotten from people who didnt want to fix simple (at least to me) problems. Probably cost me $50 and an afternoon of time to get this thing roadworthy.

    Now before anyone thinks these are really nice cars Ive gotten for free, they have all been rustbuckets that have seen alot of winters. Ive been offered alot more cars for free or really close to free, but even I have to draw the line somewhere ( I looked at a 88 4WD Suburban last night, that was nothing more than a piece of rust with a cracked windshield. Way too beat, even for me.).

    Ive also had my share of $50, $100, $200 dollar cars and trucks.
  19. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    I had a 73 Blazer like that. Paid $400 for it and drove it for 4 years. Put a tranny in it, and a 6" lift kit that I had laying around. Sawzalled the fenders and quarters to fit 40" tires. I beat the crap out of this truck, and it never once let me down. The thing had virtually no oil pressure, burned oil like crazy (qt every 100 miles). I used to take used oil from work, and carry a couple gallons and a funnel behind the driver seat. I wheeled this thing constantly, bashed more body panels and mirrors than I can remember. Seems like every week I was replacing doors and fenders with ones from all my parts trucks. By the time I was done with it, it was five different colors from all the mismatched body parts. Finally gave it away when the floors became so rotten the truck was unsafe for the street. Gave it to a friend that needed a "lot truck" for his farm. He had it for 3 years, and then it was all done. I took the trans and transfer case and put them in my current plow truck.

    Probably the most dependable vehicle Ive ever owned. I would (and did) drive that truck anywhere, without fear of breaking down. I miss that truck. Ive got pictures, when I get my scanner hooked up again, I'll post them.
  20. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    88 chevy celebrity. have to open the driver's side door from the outside. hanging roof liner. 120k miles. free.

    carries a good amount of gear, considering.

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